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A hotel in Sandown is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Sandown hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Sandown are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Sandown hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Sandown hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Sandown have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Sandown
An upscale full service hotel facility in Sandown that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Sandown hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Sandown
Full service Sandown hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Sandown
Boutique hotels of Sandown are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Sandown boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Sandown may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Sandown
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Sandown travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Sandown focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Sandown
Small to medium-sized Sandown hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Sandown traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Sandown hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Sandown
A bed and breakfast in Sandown is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Sandown bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Sandown B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Sandown
Sandown hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Sandown hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Sandown
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Sandown hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Sandown lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Sandown
Sandown timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Sandown often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Sandown on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Sandown
A Sandown motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Sandown for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Sandown motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Sandown High Street
Sandown is located in Isle of Wight
Sandown shown within the Isle of Wight
Population 11,868 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SZ600843
Unitary authority
  • Isle of Wight
Ceremonial county
  • Isle of Wight
  • South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SANDOWN
Postcode district PO36
Dialling code 01983
Police Hampshire
Fire Isle of Wight
Ambulance Isle of Wight
EU Parliament South East England
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Isle of Wight
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Sandown is a seaside resort town and civil parish on the southeast coast of the Isle of Wight, England, which neighbours the town of Shanklin to the south, with the village of Lake in between the two settlements. Sandown Bay is the name of the bay off the English Channel which both towns share, and it is notable for its long stretch of easily accessible golden sandy beach. It is the site of the lost Sandown Castle. Whilst undergoing construction, this was attacked by a French force which had fought its way over Culver Down from Whitecliff Bay, resulting in the French being repulsed. It was built too far into the sea and constantly suffered erosion, until now reduced to a pile of rocks. Later forts in the town include the Diamond Fort (named after its plan), built inshore to replace the castle and which fought off a minor attack from privateers (probably French) in 1788, and the present "Granite Fort" at Yaverland, which is now the zoo. Together with Shanklin, Sandown forms a built up area of 21,374 inhabitants.

The sweeping esplanade from Devonia Steps to Yaverland and the bandstand was built during the First World War, for the first time stabilising the road to Bembridge. An extension to Brown's Golf Course (and former ice cream factory) was added in 1944 to disguise pumping apparatus for the Pipe Line Under the Ocean (PLUTO) pumping oil to the D-Day beaches, which still stands next to the large Art Deco Grand Hotel.

Sandown Bay is often used as a sheltered anchorage, especially for ships requiring salvage which are periodically towed into the bay (such as the Tarpenbeck) and the wreck of a salvage tug could be seen until recently at low tide under Culver Cliff (the Harry Sharman) which had been assisting the stricken tanker Pacific Glory in the 1970s.

Sandown: Natural interests

Sandown Pier, with Culver Cliff behind

Sandown is a typical Victorian seaside town, but is surrounded by a wealth of natural features. To the north is Culver Down, a chalk down accessible to the public, mostly owned and managed by the National Trust, and supports typical chalk downland wildlife, and many seabirds which nest on the adjoining cliffs. Nearby inland are Sandown Levels, one of the few freshwater wetlands on the Isle of Wight, where Alverstone Mead Local Nature Reserve is a very popular spot for birdwatching. Further inland the woodland of Borthwood provides delightful woodland walks, and bluebells aplenty in the spring.

The most significant wildlife designation in the area is the Special Area of Conservation which covers the marine sub-littoral zone, including the reefs and sea bed. At extreme low tide a petrified forest is partially revealed in the northern part of Sandown Bay, and fragments of petrified wood are regularly washed up on the beach.

Sandown: History

Christ Church
The Savoy Hotel, which is soon to be knocked down and mark a period of regeneration for the town.

Originally Sandown was of only military significance as its wide sandy beaches offers a landing place for invasion. One of the first non military buildings was "Villakin", a holiday home leased by the radical politician John Wilkes in the 18th century, which, along with the Royal Pavilion at Brighton began the fashion for seaside holidays. At first only available to the rich, the development of both railways and excursion steamers made such holidays more generally available. Sandown has been a seaside resort town since the Victorian age thanks to its sands and the sunny weather on the Isle of Wight compared to other parts of the United Kingdom. Its success, along with that of other neighbouring Isle of Wight resorts led to the building of a railway connecting Sandown with Ventnor at the south and Ryde on the north coast of the island. Sandown railway station is still on the one remaining operational railway on the island, which now goes from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin.

Today Sandown esplanade boasts some fine Victorian and Edwardian hotels (many of which have been unsympathetically extended by breeze block annexes) which overlook the golden sands of the beach below. Sandown Pier hosts a large amusement centre with arcade games and children's play areas, typical of a seaside resort. The pier is also well used for sea fishing with designated areas especially for the angler. Further north, there is the Isle of Wight Zoo (also known as Sandown Zoo) which specialises in tigers. Other facilities include an 18-hole golf course, the Dinosaur Isle geological museum and Sandham Gardens, offering a skate park, children's play park, crazy golf, bowls and putting green. In recent years, the town has started to experience urban decay as many of the hotels began to close and be replaced with Care homes, driving away tourists. A grant given to Sandown and Ryde in 2015 has raised hopes of regeneration within the town.

Sandown: Pubs and dining

Sandown offers an assortment of pubs and restaurants. The pubs range from the more traditional offering a selection of local ales and ciders, to more family-friendly 'gastro-pubs' with a wider menu. Restaurants in the town offer a varied cuisine and there are a variety of traditional tea rooms on High Street. A full listing of places to eat and drink in Sandown is now available online.

Sandown: Transport

Sandown railway station
Previous Sandown Road Train that used to run round town.

As well as the Island Line Railway, Sandown is served by regular buses run by Southern Vectis on routes 2, 3 and 8. Destinations which can be directly reached include Bembridge, Newport, Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor. Night buses are run on Fridays and Saturdays, along route 3. Local bus services previously run by Wightbus have now been re-absorbed by Southern Vectis.

Sandown is on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, between Niton and Ryde.

Southern Vectis also used to run a road train during the holiday and tourist season. The Sandown road train closed in 2010.

Sandown: Media

The TV series Tiger Island chronicles the lives of the more than twenty tigers living at Isle of Wight Zoo.

Sandown is twinned (jumelée in French) with the town of Tonnay-Charente, in the western French département of Charente-Maritime. Its American twin town is St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Sandown: Famous connections

  • John Wilkes (former Lord Mayor of the City of London) owned a house and stayed regularly in Sandown. There is a memorial plaque on the site of his house at the corner of High Street. On Sunday mornings Wilkes would go to Shanklin Church, and after the service would walk across the fields to Knighton with David Garrick and his wife.
  • Sir Isaac Pitman is said to have worked on his system of shorthand here.
  • Lewis Carroll spent long holidays here, and first met Gertrude Chataway on the beach. Gertrude inspired The Hunting of the Snark.
  • Charles Darwin started the "abstract" which became the Origin of Species at the King's Head Hotel (now part of The Ocean View Hotel) in Sandown in mid-July 1858. He moved on to Shanklin's Norfolk House Hotel at the end of July and stayed for about two weeks. Darwin returned to the Isle of Wight for holidays on several other occasions. Rev. William Darwin Fox, naturalist-clergyman, second cousin of Charles Darwin lived at and is buried in Sandown.
  • The composer Richard Strauss spent summer holidays at the Ocean Hotel in 1902 and 1903, and worked on his Symphonia Domestica while there.
  • Members of the groups Level 42 and the Bees used to go to Sandown High School, and began their musical careers in Sandown. The playwright and director Anthony Minghella was another former pupil of Sandown High School.
  • Jimmy Tarbuck was one of many performers who spent summer seasons on Sandown Pier.
  • HMS Sandown is the name ship of the Sandown class of mine countermeasures vessels. It commemorates a wartime namesake, which served as a minesweeper, having formerly been a passenger ferry.
  • Karl Marx is said to have visited Sandown Library to read the Isle of Wight County Press. However, as Karl Marx died in 1883 - some 22 years before the library was built - and the County Press itself wasn't founded until 1884, this is clearly an erroneous claim.
  • Eric Charles Twelves Wilson V.C. was born in Sandown.

Sandown: Notable people

  • William Darwin Fox, naturalist-clergyman, second cousin of Charles Darwin buried in Sandown.
  • Simon Moore, footballer who plays for Cardiff City.
  • Edward Upward, novelist, lived in Sandown from 1961 to 2004.

Sandown: See also

  • Bembridge Down
  • Sandown Bay
  • Christ Church, Sandown
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist, Sandown
  • List of current places of worship on the Isle of Wight

Sandown: References

  1. English Parishes & Welsh Communities N&C 2004
  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/307939/2011_Rural-urban_statistical_classification_for_local_authorities__interim_results_-_hub_towns_.pdf
  3. The correspondence of the late John Wilkes: with his friends, printed from ... - John Wilkes - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
  4. "Southern Vectis route list". Southern Vectis. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  5. Darwin Correspondence Online Database
  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Sandown". Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). 1911.
  • Official site for Sandown, Isle of Wight
  • Official site of the Isle of Wight Council
  • Official website of Sandown High School
  • Tourist Information and Accommodation Guide for Sandown
  • Old pictures of Sandown
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